Live Life Lauderdale-Style: Fort Lauderdale Attractions You Don’t Want to Miss
Fort Lauderdale Attractions You Don’t Want to Miss
Whether you’re a local or a tourist, enjoy Fort Lauderdale in all its glory with these Fort Lauderdale attractions you don’t want to miss.
Are you daydreaming about palm trees and sandy beaches while barricading yourself inside away from all the snow your hometown is experiencing? Well, we have some good news for you.
Those sandy beaches don’t have to remain daydreams anymore. A trip to Fort Lauderdale is the perfect way to give you a break from that harsh winter.
Plus, there’s so much more to this Florida town than relaxing on the beach!
Do you want to know what draws almost 13 million visitors here every year? Keep reading to discover the top Fort Lauderdale attractions that will have you booking your plane ticket tonight.
Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving
There’s no denying how amazing the beaches in Fort Lauderdale are. With warm waters, soft sand, and swaying palm trees, you can’t miss a day just relaxing on the beach.
However, Fort Lauderdale offers several activities that will allow you to enjoy the water even more, such as jet skiing, boating, deep-sea fishing, and wind-surfing. If you really want to experience how gorgeous Fort Lauderdale’s ocean is, then snorkeling or scuba diving is a must.
Vista Park Reef is a coral reef teeming with fish and marine life. At only 10-18 feet, it’s perfect for snorkelers as well as scuba divers of all levels.
Advanced scuba divers may enjoy Pompano’s Shipwreck Park which is located at a depth of 100 feet. There is a 324-foot sunken tanker and an underwater cartoon casino that has statues of slot machines, mermaid cocktail waitresses, and sharks playing poker.
Visit Snyder Park
Can you not bear the idea of leaving your loveable pooch at home? Or maybe you’re moving to Fort Lauderdale and are looking for some dog-friendly activities.
Well, look no further than Snyder Park. There are open grassy areas perfect for playing fetch and running around as well as a dog-only lake, so Fido can cool off and practice his doggy-paddle.
But this isn’t just a park for dogs. There are also picnic tables, meadows, and sandy coves for you to relax on while soaking up all the beauty surrounding you.
Catch a Game of Jai-Alai
Sure, you could catch a game of baseball or head an hour south to see the Miami Heat play, but the real can’t-miss sporting event is a Jai-Alai game.
Using a curved scoop that’s attached to their arm, players hurdle a ball towards the wall and the opposing team must catch and return it before it bounces off the floor more than once. While it may sound simple, it’s a great way to enjoy a unique sporting event and immerse yourself in the local culture.
Take a Stroll Along Las Olas Boulevard
Of course, no vacation can be complete without a little souvenir shopping. And with the holidays so close you may even want to get some gift shopping done.
While Sawgrass Mills is the largest outlet mall in the United States (and a great stop if you’re a shopaholic looking for a good deal), Las Olas Boulevard allows you to do so much more than shopping.
Restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and other entertainment options join boutiques and shops to make up Las Olas Boulevard. You can spend a leisurely afternoon shopping, sampling the local food, and enjoying the scenery.
Take the Kids to the Museum of Discovery and Science
One of the best things about Fort Lauderdale is that there’s something for everyone. Kids will love the Museum of Discovery and Science.
They can do everything from digging for dinosaur bones to enjoying a Florida Everglades airboat simulator. There’s also an IMAX Theater that shows movies and educational programs to make learning fun for your kids and for you!
Look for Alligators at Everglades Holiday Park
Alright, so that Everglades airboat simulator at the Museum of Discovery and Science was cool, but the real deal is even cooler. You can’t miss a trip to Everglades Holiday Park when traveling to Fort Lauderdale, especially if you’re looking for kid-friendly activities.
Explore the wetlands and keep your eyes peeled for alligators. They also have animal encounters and gator shows to let your whole family witness Florida wildlife up-close.
Play with Butterflies at Butterfly World
Of course, not all Florida wildlife is easy to find in the wild. If you grew up chasing butterflies, you’ll know just how hard it is to really seem them.
Luckily, Fort Lauderdale is home to the world’s largest butterfly park. With over 20,000 butterflies and birds, you can finally surround yourself with these elusive creatures. You may even be lucky enough for a butterfly to land on you!
You can also hand-fee lorikeets, learn a little about gardening at their workshop, and relax at a waterfall. Have your camera ready, because Butterfly World is full of amazing photo-opts.
Have Dinner and a Show at the Wreck Bar
With so many dining options, you may be wondering which Ft Lauderdale bars and restaurants are worth a visit. If you’re looking for a unique experience to go along with your meal, then head over to the Wreck Bat at the B Ocean Resort.
You’ll feel like you’re dining underwater with the nautical decor and windows giving you an underwater view of the pool where a live mermaid show takes place every Friday and Saturday. Plus, the food (especially the seafood) is fresh and delicious.
Can’t-Miss Fort Lauderdale Attractions
If you’re planning a trip to Fort Lauderdale, you may be thinking about hitting the beach day-in and day-out. But, don’t forget to include a few of these Fort Lauderdale attractions in your itinerary to make the most of your trip to Florida.
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